Temple vs. Kansas - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (9-1) at Temple Owls (7-4)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Liacouras Center)
The Line: Temple Owls +7 -- Over/Under: 136.5 See the Latest Odds
The Temple Owls and the Kansas Jayhawks face off on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center in college basketball action.
The Temple Owls are 7-4 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Temple is averaging 64.2 points and they are shooting 36.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 62.9 points and their opponents are shooting 39.1 percent. Quenton DeCosey is averaging 14.8 points to lead the Owls. Will Cummings is averaging 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, Josh Brown is averaging 8.0 points, and Daniel Dingle is averaging 6.7 points. Temple is 0-2 against ranked teams this season.
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The Kansas Jayhawks are 9-1 this season winning eight games in a row since losing to top ranked Kentucky. Kansas is averaging 72 points and they are shooting 42.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Perry Ellis leads the Jayhawks averaging 13.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. Frank Mason is averaging 10.9 points, Wayne Selden Jr. is averaging 9.4 points, and Cliff Alexander is averaging 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Kansas still has developing top tier talent on he bench and this team will only get better.
Temple is 3-7 against the spread following a win, 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. Kansas is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
I see a deliberate pace in this one which keeps the scoring down making the play the under.